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Guzzo faces new charges in Congdon Park burglary

Two new criminal charges were added Friday against a Two Harbors man accused of drawing a map that helped two other men invade a Congdon Park home and terrorize a mother and her 9-year-old son in a botched robbery attempt.

Two new criminal charges were added Friday against a Two Harbors man accused of drawing a map that helped two other men invade a Congdon Park home and terrorize a mother and her 9-year-old son in a botched robbery attempt.

Ian Robert Guzzo, 20, was charged last October with aiding and abetting first-degree burglary in the Aug. 30, 2007, incident in one of Duluth's safest neighborhoods. David E. Schiller pleaded guilty in July to first-degree burglary and two counts of kidnapping for his role in the crime and received a 9½-year prison sentence. Jonathan G. Phipps, who is accused of entering the home with Schiller, is charged with the same crimes. His case has not been resolved.

District Judge Shaun Floerke granted the request of Assistant St. Louis County Attorney Mark Rubin to amend the criminal complaint against Guzzo to add another count of aiding and abetting first-degree burglary and a count of aiding and abetting kidnapping.

Floerke postponed the trial, which was scheduled to start Oct. 13, to give the defense time to prepare a defense on the new charges.

The court denied defense attorney William Paul's motion to dismiss the charges for lack of sufficient evidence and also denied his request to move the trial from Duluth.

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In a memorandum supporting his decision to have Guzzo's trial go forward, Floerke referred to a handwriting analysis that indicated Guzzo drew a detailed map of the inside of the residence.

The memorandum also referred to police reports that allege Guzzo admitted to driving Schiller to homes to commit other burglaries in the Two Harbors area and that the defendant was fully aware of Schiller's activities at those homes.

According to the criminal complaint, Guzzo was a hockey teammate of a member of the victims' family. He often spent the night at the residence during the hockey season. He told police that he had several conversations with Schiller in reference to the victims and the layout of the house.

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